Did you know that certain energy companies (ESCOs) will actually pay all or part of a building’s up-front sustainable green project costs? Could there be a stronger endorsement for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and for the EPA’s Energy Star program? A LEED® certification assures property owners of qualification for many financial benefits.In some circumstances, these forward-thinking energy companies actually allow repayment over time through the proceeds of newly created energy savings. Some energy companies will even install solar power or other alternative energy sources and will allow owners to repay over time at a prearranged schedule.Believe it or not, the recession is providing expanded opportunities for owners of newly LEED® certified buildings. Financial support is not limited to energy providers.
In late April, groups of petitioners including the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition, Public Citizen and the South Texas Association for Responsible Energy filed opposition to several proposed South Texas Nuclear (STP) reactors. The petition was filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Austin.Currently, there are six proposed nuclear reactors in Texas. Two each are under consideration at Comanche Park, near Fort Worth, at Bay City (STP) and in Victoria. In addition to the six nuclear reactors, there are also 12 proposed Texas-based coal plants under consideration. Texas environmentalists and concerned citizens are opposed to all these projects.Karen Hadden is the Executive Director of SEED. Upon the filing, Ms. Hadden released the following statement:
LEED® v3 or LEED® Version 3 is intended to establish a more workable and standardized framework that can accommodate more building types and future market-specific requirements. The larger goal is to encourage the use of the streamlined v3 system to address the prioritized fields.As the point credits now indicate, greenhouse-gas reduction is the top LEED® priority. LEED® v3 emphasizes the significance of energy, transportation and water. Sustainable applications to these areas earn the most LEED® credits.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit enterprise dedicated to expanding green building practices throughout the country. The council is responsible for the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating program that has become the standard for green construction in Texas and around the globe.
At one time auto manufacturers had developed an electric car marketed largely in California. It was a popular success to those that purchased the expensive machines but because the margin of profit was so low car companies removed them, not only from their assembly line but from the consumers that had leased the cars in the first place.